In continental Europe, the grey clouds are abating and the sun is shining on an unseasonably warm winter. With dreams of a warm summer breeze already on our minds, we’re turning our gaze to this year’s exciting festival season! But we don’t mean Sonar in Spain or Glastonbury in England – we’re looking to the more intimate, independent music festivals. Here’s a few coming up to keep an eye out for.
1. Kendal Calling
Kendal Calling is an independent music festival with the delightful charm of an open air fair. Taking over Lowther Deer Park in the beautiful Lake District in early August, this festival attracts an impressive lineup – previous performers include Blondie and Mumford and Sons.
2. Green Juice Festival
The Green Juice Festival, located just outside Bonn in Germany, began featuring indie punk bands back in 2008 and has been gaining momentum ever since. Towards the end of August this year, Itchy Poopzkid and Heisskalt, among others, will take to the stage for a rocking performance.
3. Green Man Festival
The refreshingly independent Greenman festival in Wales runs through mid-August, featuring indie performances from the likes of Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel, and First Aid Kit. Boasting 10 entertainment areas and 1500 performers as well as luxury camping and special areas for teens and under 12s, the Greenman Festival in Wales is perfect for the whole family.
4. Territorios Festival
In spite of 41 amazing acts this year, the Territorios festival has decided to make their audience the star of this year’s event. They’re giving their loyal yearly attendees the credit for their 16 years of success, and making tickets for this two day event an affordable 17.00 Euros. The festival takes to Seville’s Monasterio de la Cartuja this year on May 23rd and 24th. Loquillo, Love of Lesbian, Lori Meyers and Ska-P, among others, will be performing in two nights of great music and dancing.
5. End of the Road Festival
Less than a decade old, the intimate End of the Road festival opts for a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere than your traditional music festival. Right on the border of North Dorset and Wiltshire, camp in the cool Fairlove yurts, or indulge yourself with a stay in one of the gorgeous luxury Hotel tents while enjoying the array of delicious food and drinks.
6. VIDA Festival
Lana del Rey is one of the illustrious artists to confirm a set at this year’s VIDA Festival in the Catalan town of Vilanova. A seafront stage will take over the La Dorada Beach Club by day while audiences will take to the forest at night for an unforgettable evening of dancing and fun.
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